Anyone can make a mandala from natural objects collected wherever you are. Our family made 7 Ocean Mandalas, using materials we found along the shore of Vancouver Island near Bowser. Just think of your design as playing with circles, symmetry, concentric rings, the four directions, or a big pie (yummmm!) Start setting out your mandala from the center (or you can mark out the boundary of your circle and work in) and see where your imagination and creativity take you. This is a fun activity for parents and kids of all ages.
At our family reunion on Vancouver Island this past weekend, some of us made mandalas of shore materials we found in the forest and on the beach. Natural object mandalas are– by their very nature — ephemeral, and will be destroyed by the tides, wind, wildlife and time. Yet the making of these circular designs gives so much pleasure it doesn’t really matter that they won’t last long.
As the evening cooled, we walked around admiring the mandalas … then later watched as Tom and Kat’s mandala was washed away by the incoming tide. I love thinking of beach-walkers stumbling across our mandalas and wondering about the makers. I hope these photos inspire you to make your own mandalas, no matter where you are.